In this intonation exercise, 'anchor' your hand in the 3rd and 4th positions, then practise tuning the stopped notes in relation to the open strings.
Legend has it that William Tell, a Swiss marksman, was able to shoot an arrow into an apple on his son's head... at 80 paces! This famous melody is his 'theme tune'... and we've just added it to the ViolinSchool Library for you to download!
Here's a new video from the most recent VIOLIN ORCHESTRA concert in London. The Violin Orchestra plays Rondeau from Abdelazer by Henry Purcell, arranged by ViolinSchool's David Worswick. Filmed at St John's Waterloo in London, on Saturday 8th December 2018.
Violin Sight-Reading is the process of playing something whilst you're looking at it for the very first time. It's a learnable skill, and the more you do it, the better you'll become. Enjoy the freedom of playing music - the first time you see it!
It’s official... we’ll be launching a completely new Online Beginner Violin Course on 30th May! Registration opens today, and you can read all about it here...
This gorgeous Scottish folk song is several hundred years old, and it's been passed down the generations with good reason... it's a gorgeous piece of music! Today it's well known around the world, from recordings that have been made by artists in many different styles.
Summer Term Beginner Violin Courses are now open for booking at our London School, with new courses on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays!
‘Wiegenlied: Guten Abend, gute Nacht’, Op. 49, is a bit of a mouthful, so let’s just call it ‘Brahms’ Lullaby’! Lull yourself to sleep with this beauty! We've added a new MIDI playback, so you can practise playing the piece whilst listening to the music.
In this NEW version of Coconut Milk (complete with new partition and MIDI playback), we've added lots of slurs, so that you can practise smooooooth string crossings back and forth between the different strings. Keep your upper arm moving steadily as you move it up and down between the string levels.
A ViolinSchool favourite, the beautifully lyrical Weeping Willow is a tear-jerker of a piece... and it's now updated with a new, refreshed 'partition'!
We've also added a new MIDI playback, so you can practise playing the piece whilst listening to the music.
Over the next few weeks, we'll be featuring a series of Intonation Exercises from the ViolinSchool Library - one per week, for you to improve the accuracy of your left hand placement! We start today with Go The Distance, a very useful practice exercise for familiarising yourself with intervals in 1st position.
One of the most common questions we get about tuning and intonation is ‘which tuning app should I use’? We like Cleartune on Android and InsTuner on iOS, but we'd like to know what YOU use, so that we can test every single one properly, and make the very best recommendation for all our learners... […]